Internal Medicine Residency News, Jan. 13, 2020

Monday, January 13, 2020

From the Director

Happy rainy Monday! The new year is no less busy than before – many thanks to everyone for their continued excellent patient care and hard work. We are in the home stretch of recruitment, and we appreciate your continued efforts to bring in an outstanding intern class!

We are looking forward to a GME sponsored visit from national expert on physician well-being, depression and suicide, Dr. Carol Bernstein. She will be visiting Duke during the week of Jan. 27 – stay tuned for more announcements about her visit and our chances to hear from her.

Thank you to all who have scheduled their semi-annual meetings with Dr. Hargett or me. We are wrapping up the meetings in the coming two weeks. If you haven’t met yet, please be sure to check in with Lynsey and sign up.

Kudos this week go to Maggie Salinger and Nathaniel Harris for awesome Chair’s  Conferences, to Chris Ferreri for a great applicant report, to our My Take team of Micah Schub, Nathaniel Harris, Tingrui Zhao, JR Peacock, Qasim Hussaini and Sonali Bracken, and our tour guides Allen Witt, Sean Doerfler, Qasim Hussaini, Vinay Choksi, Eric Wei, Jeremy Brooksbank, Anthony Horton and Jordan Gales. Also kudos to Cameron Strong from Austin Wesevich for great work as the team’s Night JAR, to Amber Meservey and Isaac Bleicher from Jenn Rymer for amazing teamwork on a very busy cards night, from Cameron Strong - huge kudos to my co-night floaters: Chris Asuzu, Payton Kendsersky, Jon Reichstein, and Kathryn Hutchins (“We had a busy and fun several weeks through holiday coverage and beyond, and I was thankful for their support, encouragement, work ethic, and overall medical prowess”), to Matt Carlisle from Casey Howe for Matt for being an outstanding VA day float. (“He really enhanced rounds by thinking critically about each patient and sharing his thought process”), and to Vinay Choksi from Mitch Black for outstanding work on the procedures service. Great work everyone!​

PubMed from the Program​
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Michael Noujaim and Ahmad Mourad for their case report with Duke IM Grad and Pickett Road Clinic Director Dr. Jeff Clough! Sodium Oxybate: A Cause of Extreme Involuntary Weight Loss in a Young Lady. Noujaim MG, Mourad A, Clough JD.Case Rep Med. 2019 Jul 24;2019:6537815. doi: 10.1155/2019/6537815. eCollection 2019.

Have a great week!

Clinic Corner: Pickett Road

Contributed by Jeff Clough

On behalf of the residents and faculty at Pickett we would sincerely like to thank Dr. David Halpern for precepting in our resident clinic. Dr. Halpern will be expanding his role as Duke Primary Care’s Medical Director for Quality and taking an additional role as Associate Medical Director of High Value Analytics. He’ll be working to provide strategic input on data/analytic needs as Duke Health continues to transition away from fee-for-service and into the value-based care landscape. 

At the same time we’d like to welcome Dr. Denise Pong to the resident clinic. Dr. Pong, a Duke Medical School graduate, joined Pickett Road last year after completing her internal medicine residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She will be an excellent addition to our team!

We’d also like to welcome Dr. Chris Fink who joins our practice. Dr. Fink has been in practice since 2003 in Holland, Michigan.  We are excited to have him join our group.

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Jan. 14-17, 2020
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location
1/14/20 Medication Reconciliation Dr. Howard 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Cost Conscious Care

Dr. Cooney

7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253



Dr. Lipkin 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Medicine Grand Rounds: Reflections on Race and Medicine

Damon Tweedy, MD

8 a.m. Searle Center Lecture Hall


Academic Half Day: Jan. 17, 2020
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location



Sophia Weinmann

Matt Sparks

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA NG032


ID 101

Darsh Kothari

Micah McClain

9:15 a.m.

10:40 a.m.

VA PRIME Conference Room

PE Management

Pulmonary Hypertension Overview

Talal Dahhan

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA C8016


Noon Conference: Jan. 13-17, 2020
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Recruitment Day - No Conference


12:00 p.m.

DUH 8253


1/14/20 SAR Talk: Acute Hypoxic Respiratory Failure

Jessie Gu

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

China King

1/15/20 Mechanical ventilation/oxygenation Neil MacIntyre

12:10 p.m.

DUH 8253

1/16/20 SAR Talk: Arthritis Daphne Gao

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001

Dale's Indian

Chair's Conference

Lonnie Sullivan

11:30 a.m.

DUH 2002

Parker and Otis
Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Jan. 13-16, 2020
Date Topic Lecturer Time

JAR/SAR combined conference

Cake Pops with Cooney

Anmol Singh

Kathy Cooney with Tareq Aljurf, Anmol Singh and Chelsea Perfect

1 p.m.


SAR Report - DUH 8262

Intern Report 

JD Ike to Joe Govert

Michael Cosiano to Suchita Sata

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report

Chris Ferreri to Aimee Zaas

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report - none

Intern Report - Opiate Use Disorder


Dana Clifton


3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

MKSAP orders
If you have not yet purchased MKSAP through the program, please let Lynsey know by Friday, Jan. 17, which MKSAP type you would like ordered.  

Proud to be GIM breakfast on Jan. 31
The Division of General Internal Medicine will host a Proud to be GIM breakfast beginning at 7:15 a.m. on Jan. 31, ahead of Medicine Grand Rounds. Drop by to mingle with GIM faculty and stay for a  MGR presentation by Nia Mitchell and David Edelman.

Duke APAMSA meeting Jan. 15
Duke APAMSA (Asian and Pacific American Medical Student Association) will be hosting an Asian Women in Medicine Wine and Cheese in TSCHE Classroom 3 from 7:30-9 p.m. on Jan. 15. The goal of this event is have a space for Asian women residents and medical students to share their experiences working in the medical field and engage with strategies to create positive changes in our communities. We will be centering the conversation around topics of identity, stereotypes, stigma, and mental health. Please RSVP here

For those who may not be familiar, APAMSA is a national organization that aims to address issues important to Asian American communities and medical providers. Please reach out to Christine Wu ( or Alice Yu ( with any questions. 

Feeling down? Need to talk to someone? Opportunities for Wellness
All trainees at Duke have FREE access to Personal Assistance Services (PAS), which is the faculty/employee assistance program of Duke University. The staff of licensed professionals offer confidential assessment, short-term counseling, and referrals to help resolve a range of personal, work, and family problems. PAS services are available free of charge to Duke faculty and staff, and their immediate family members. An appointment to meet with a PAS counselor may be arranged by calling the PAS office at 919-416-1PAS (919-416-1727), Monday through Friday between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. For assistance after hours, residents and fellows can call the Blood and Body Fluid Hotline (115 inside DUH, 919-684-1115 outside) for referral to behavioral health resources. Another resource is Duke Outpatient Psychiatry Referrals at (919) 684-0100 or 1-888-ASK-DUKE.

Upcoming Dates and Events 

  • Jan. 15 - Duke APAMSA​
  • Jan. 31 - Proud to be GIM Breakfast before Medicine Grand Rounds
  • March 6 - Annual Charity Auction